A Cardross woman has been given a special prize for her 'outstanding contribution' to the village at a Scotland-wide award ceremony last week.

Jane Connolly was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail at the ScotRail in the Community Awards on Thursday, October 26.

Jane was given the award for her work volunteering with the Cardross Station Community Organic Garden.

A spokesperson for the awards said: “As a volunteer at Cardross Station Community Organic Garden, Jane was nominated for her can-do attitude, knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the group - encouraging them to take on more and more ambitious projects.

“Her boundless energy and encouragement help less experienced volunteers to participate and grow their own gardening knowledge and skills.

“During the past 14 months, the station has been rejuvenated, receiving praise from across the local community.”

Cardross Station which has its garden managed by the Cardross Community Organic Garden also won the Silver Adopted Station of the Year.

More than 200 ScotRail stations across the country are part of the Adopt a Station programme which encourages locals to make community gardens at railway stations.

The ScotRail in the Community Awards recognises the efforts of the over 1,000 volunteers who contribute to their wider communities and Scotland’s railway.

ScotRail’s head of economic and community development, James Ledgerwood, said: “The ScotRail in the Community Awards is an important date in our calendar.

“It’s an opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic work of our volunteers.

“I’d like to congratulate our winners, those highly commended, and all the nominees, but also to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and contribution.

“Their efforts benefit more than Scotland’s Railway - it extends to the wider local community as well.

“Supporting our local communities and their projects is incredibly important, and these awards allow us to celebrate our volunteers and the work they do to support ScotRail in delivering services that go way beyond the railway.”

Categories at this year’s ceremony – which was held in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel - included Adopted Station of the Year, Community Rail Partnership Member of the Year, Adopter(s) of the Year, and Community Project of the Year.